Pewsey Vale Vineyard 1961 Block Riesling 2018

Pewsey Vale Vineyard 1961 Block Riesling 2018

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Pewsey Vale Vineyard 1961 Block Riesling 

Region: Eden Valley, Australia

Vintage: 2018

Bottle size: 75cl

Grape: Riesling

ABV: 12.5%

This wine is pristine and intense with aromas and flavours of lemon myrtle and tea tree blossom. With crushed quartz minerality, it is evocative, seamless and ageless.

A new interpretation of Riesling from a historic vineyard. Old vine, handpicked, wild fermented and briefly aged on lees. The wine shows great tautness and line as a young wine that will delight early drinking as well as those who want to put it in the cellar.

In 1839, shortly after his arrival from England, Joseph Gilbert started building a fine homestead in Eden Valley and planted the region’s first grapevines in 1847. The vines came from the Macarthur vineyards at Camden Park in New South Wales and from the collection of English glasshouse cuttings from the Royal Horticultural Society's gardens at Chiswick. Like so many vineyards in the 1920s and 30s, Pewsey Vale fell into disuse but, thankfully, its potential was rediscovered. In 1961, pastoralist Geoffrey Angas Parsons became aware his property had once incorporated the region’s earliest vineyard and shared his discovery with good friend, and vigneron Wyndham Hill-Smith. Several wine companies were considering potential vineyard sites with cooler ripening conditions than found on the Barossa Valley floor and Hill-Smith needed no further persuasion – work soon began on re-establishing Pewsey Vale Vineyard.